Automated Speed Tests on the Raspberry Pi

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speed test screenshot

In 2015, Google Fiber announced that they were coming to Raleigh. As of early 2017, a few neighborhoods have already gotten calls for installation. But I’m not holding my breath: my neighborhood is about as far north as you can get and still be considered Raleigh. Until I get that phone call, the only high-speed option I have is RoadRunner through … Read More

Make a Time Lapse Camera with a Pi Zero

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Pi Zero camera on tripod

I participated in the 2016 Diabetes Walk at the NCSU Centennial Campus. I had this vision of walking with an LED matrix strapped to me so that my sponsors could update the display in real-time as I walked. I figured I would archive the whole thing with a time lapse video recorded on a homemade device. That was a bit … Read More

How to Learn Way Too Much About 3D Printers

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He3D I3 Printer Parts

I got a 3D printer for Christmas. Sort of. What I actually got was a large box of parts, that when properly assembled, could reasonably resemble a 3D printer. For about 18 months now, I’ve had a 3D printer on my wishlist: the Flashforge Creator Pro with dual extruders. But it can be difficult to justify a > $1,000 price … Read More

Network-wide Ad Blocking with a Raspberry Pi

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Pi-hole Admin Panel showing ads blocked

Advertising sucks. Well, some of it does. Aggressive monetization is killing the mobile web. I find mobile advertising to be the most excruciating form of advertising due to the sheer volume of ads served, coupled with their obtrusiveness. You start reading an article only to find the screen go unresponsive as an interstitial ad fades in, blocking your content. Tap … Read More

Christmas Games with Scratch and a Makey Makey

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Cookie Dash screenshot

My kids participated in an “Hour of Code” exercise in their classrooms this year. If you’ve not heard of it, each year during Computer Science Education Week (December 5-11 in 2016), schools all over the world host one-hour coding events to introduce students to computer science. They’ve made a Flappy Bird clone using Scratch for the past two years at my … Read More